Tutor profile: Philip K.
What is the importance of the three-act structure in relation to Freytag's pyramid?
The three-act structure delineates clear areas for a story to focus on plot progression, such as developments seen during the rising action, and helps to situate the climax within a narrative by highlighting the most dramatic moments of a story. Whether the structure is linear or non-linear, it helps the writer to organize moments of mystery and exposure that build intrigue and a sense of mystery to captivate readers, while offering rewards at appropriate moments, ensuring that the pace of the story is neither too meandering nor too heavyhanded.
How have myths inherent to traditional humanist philosophies contributed to global warming?
By elevating the human being above Nature, humanist philosophies allowed for the Industrial Revolution to advance unchecked and understudied for decades, during which time vast amounts of carbon were deposited into Earth's atmosphere, contributing to such warming processes as oceanic acidification and greenhouse gas emissions. With humanity placed at the forefront of ecological concerns, the implications of mass extinction events among other non-human species went overlooked: had humanity remained humble, perhaps we could have seen how our machines and our industries affected the natural world in which we live.
How does active voice serve to promote reader involvement compared to passive voice?
Active voice engages the reader by building a sense of immediacy and presence that draws the reader in and maintains a forward momentum between sentences, whereas passive voice detracts from that urgency and overall feels cumbersome and methodical, encouraging introspection over engagement.
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